Joy of Learning in April!

Come join us in April for our ever-popular “Joy of Learning” series! Joy of Learning classes have been offered here for many years, in April and October. They are taught by educators and other experts on a volunteer basis, and are free to the public, for adults and older teens. We will be offering several classes this April. Come learn something new and have fun! This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library.

To register, please call the Reference Dept. at Falmouth Public Library, 508-457-2555 x 7, register online by clicking at the bottom of any description, or stop by the reference desk.

To complement our Falmouth Reads Together selection, Mayflower by Nathanial Philbrick, one class will be a series of four talks with a connection to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival. We will also be offering a Little Women discussion, Sensing in Aquatic Animals, and Astronomy.

Joy of Learning: Mayflower 400: The Wampanoag & English Perspectives

Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 22, 7-8 p.m.April 1: A Wampanoag Perspective in 400 Years of History by Linda Coombs. Ms. Coombs is program director of the Aquinnah Cultural Center, as well as author and historian from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

April 8:  Influences on Native Perspectives – Myths, Legends & Realities by Ron Petersen.   Ron Petersen is chair of the Orleans Historical Commission and is working with CapeCod2020 on a symposium that will recognize the Cape Cod role in the Plymouth 400 Commemoration.  He also writes a monthly column in the Cape Codder on local historical topics. 

April 15:  Connections to Early Falmouth Families by Phyllis Day, board member of the Falmouth Genealogical Society and delegate to the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium.

April 22:  Proving a Mayflower Connection by Ralph Wadleigh, current secretary and former president of the Falmouth Genealogical Society, as well as descendant of Mayflower passenger, John Alden.

Registration for the series is requested, but not required. Register by clicking here

Little Women

Mondays, April 6, 13 & 27 and May 4, 10-11 a.m. (does not meet on Patriots Day, April 20).

A 4-part discussion over 4 weeks of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women, led by Joanne Holcomb.  Joanne retired in 2015 after 35 years as an English teacher and 7-12 English/ Language Arts Department Head in the Falmouth Public Schools. Is Louisa May Alcott’s tale of the March sisters still relevant today, 151 years after it was written?  We will practice shared inquiry in the discussion of Alcott’s story.  Through questioning, sharing ideas, and discussing our own interpretation, we will explore the ideas, themes, and topics of this classic novel.

Registration is required-click here.  Please pick up a book, reading assignments and discussion guide at the reference desk in late March. 


Mondays, April 6, 13 & 27 and May 4, 2-4 a.m. (does not meet on Patriots Day April 20).

These lectures will be offered by Jim Lynch, Senior Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic and President of Cape Cod Astronomical Society, and Editor-in-Chief at Acoustical Society of America Publication.

Week 1: Backyard Astronomy (equipment, the solar system and deep sky objects visible, web resources, books, apps).

Week 2: Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial life and the Drake Equation.

Week 3: Black Holes: Their Ins and Outs

Week 4: The Big Bang and Cosmology (Science at “The Outer Limits”).  

Registration is requested, but not required. Register by clicking here.

Sensing in Aquatic Animals

Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 11 AM – 12 PM

This class will be offered by Jelle Atema, PhD, professor emeritus at Boston University, and guest scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dominance, memory, courtship, navigation, homing, feeding behavior…what information do marine and freshwater animals need and how do they extract it? This series of four lectures addresses the sensory biology of aquatic animals based largely on four “model species”: lobsters, sharks, catfish, and larval reef fishes, one species per lecture. For example, can lobsters really remember the smell of another individual? Can sharks really sense a drop of blood a mile away? Why can catfish smell and taste under water? How can half-inch long fish larvae avoid being carried away in the big ocean? The lectures are based primarily on research in the “Atema Lab” in Woods Hole, as well as other labs and field studies in Australia and Cape Cod. Registration for the series is requested, but not required. Register by clicking here.


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